Police Department is investigating the deaths of two Illinois residents
whose bodies were found in a van on Wednesday in the parking lot of the
BP/White Castle at 525 Indian Boundary Road.
Police Chief Dave
Cincoski identified the pair this morning as Andrew Dicharia, 49, of
Chicago; and Kimberly Raines, 29, of Bolingbrook, whom Cincoski said was a
“known associate” of Dicharia.
Dicharia and Raines
are believed to have arrived at the BP at approximately 4:10 a.m., Cincoski
said, after which their movements are unknown. At 12:08 p.m., however, a BP
employee walking by the Illinois-plated Ford van observed an apparently
unconscious subject inside and called 911.
The Chesterton Fire
Department and EMS initially responded to the scene and found the two to be
deceased: Dicharia reclined in the driver’s seat, Raines in the passenger’s
Cause of death has
not yet been determined, but Cincoski emphasized that no signs of trauma
were observed on the bodies and foul play is not suspected. Cincoski did say
that the presence of a substance preliminarily identified as methamphetamine
was found on Dicharia’s person and that “both decedents were known to be
No autopsy will be
conducted, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune
today. Results from toxicology screens will be available in approximately
six weeks, and Harris said that he expects them to show that Dicharia and
Raines died of drug overdoses.
Evidence found in
the van indicates that as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday the two were in Chicago,
Cincoski said, and Dicharia, who was employed in the construction trades, is
believed to have been traveling to a job in Michigan.
The van itself was
full of tools and cluttered with litter, Cincoski said, and investigators
have not yet completed their processing of the vehicle.